Serena Serenity: The Home of Memorable ‘Firsts’

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Serene Pool

 

Today we go down memory lane, back to when I took my first solo trip to Lake Elmentaita Serena Camp. I was itching to get away from Nairobi, like a person in confinement yearns for a moment of sunlight…

Do you ever feel this way… like going off by yourself to escape from it all? The fast-paced, city life gets hectic and sometimes all you want to do is get away and breathe…

I was excited to go away, yet concurrently my heart was packed with anxiety. I felt pretty much like that pimple-faced kid on the first day of high school feeling lost, without a clue on where to start…

It was way back when the blog was still an idea, living in the confines of my mind. At the time, I didn’t own a camera, so I borrowed my sister’s phone-which had a better camera, packed a bag and hit the road. If I had to start somewhere, then this would have to be it 🙂

Lake Elmentaita Serena Camp is set up on the shores of Lake Elmentaita, about 2 hours drive away from Nairobi, in the Soysambu Conservancy.

Serena ElmentaitaAs Lake Elmentaita Serena Camp came into view, a serene feeling washed over me…it was much more than I had anticipated.

You promptly find yourself in a bush, where the only thing you hear is nothingness. Overlooking the panoramic Lake Elmentaita, the hotel offers a sense of serenity and oneness with nature that pulls you in at first sight! I felt myself easing into the environment, becoming one with the fresh air, the open sky and pure silence.

 

Serena Rooms

Serena

I arrived in time for lunch, which was a welcome treat for me-I was starving! All I remember of that first meal though, is the dessert! I am a sucker for ice cream, and hence began my love-relationship with Pistachio ice cream. Yum!

After lunch, I walked around the hotel to breathe it all in… My room was a wonderful surprise! Housed in a jungle-like tent, with a luxurious canopy bed and a porch overlooking the lake, it was the perfect abode. While the room was delightful, the shower was glorious! The wide and spacious bathroom was lovely, and leaving the shower became a struggle each time!

Serena Elmentaita

Serena rooms

Serena

 

The rest of the hotel was a joy, with the views of the lake soothing and calming. I noticed that most of the guests were either in couples or families while I was the odd one out, by my lonesome. However, the staff were friendly and made me feel right at home.

 

Lunch

Throwback to when I was still a red head 🙂

 

At night the hotel came to life; the expanse of the sky looked bedazzled with stars, while insects buzzed and clicked in the darkness. They have an outdoor restaurant with a wonderful view of the lake, and an indoor restaurant that is perfect for dinner. The meals are à la carte, which gives one the chance to try all sorts of new things!

I booked myself in for a massage, something I’d always wanted to try. Being super indecisive, I settled for a deep tissue massage thinking it would ease my back pain. Boy was I wrong! The pain skyrocketed. I have since learned that a relaxing massage does the trick for me, especially for back issues 😉 🙂

Out of sheer curiosity, I signed up for Yoga having never tried it before. This time, I was wise enough to tell the Yoga instructor about the back problem in advance. He took me at a leisurely pace, through each of the steps. I got a good laugh at myself though, as none of my ‘poses’ looked remotely anything like what he was doing! Hats off to Serena Hotel-Yoga in the bush is incredible! 

There was a water-color painting session available, which I didn’t partake, but looked interesting. Serena also organizes day and night game drives, horse riding and nature walks. You also get to see some animals wandering around innocently, while seated at the restaurant, or at the porch from the rooms.

SERENA VIEWS

I was happy to sit by the outdoor pool and journal, reflecting on life. I realized that solo trips are great as you don’t have to pack your day with multiple activities or make compromises. It may seem selfish, but this is essential once in a while for an individual, to find yourself as you reflect on life.

Pool side

At the same time, I think Serena Elmentaita would be well-enjoyed in groups with families and friends, depending on what you are looking for.

Life will constantly require us to do something for the first time that may feel scary at first glance. But, if we take on these new experiences courageously, we might find that we like them and may grow from it.

Have you been to Serena Elmentaita? What are some of your memorable ‘firsts’ in life? Share with me on the Comments’ section below 🙂

Stay Inspired 🙂

 

Lake Elementaita Serena Camp

 

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37 Comments

  • Reply
    STANLEY
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    Anthony Maina
    May 21, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Good Job

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    rico
    May 18, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Amazing…. At one point I felt like I was there too. A wonderful read. 🙂

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Wow! Thank you Rico for reading and for taking the time to comment 🙂 I am a great admirer of your work. #DayMade

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    Birgit | Groove Is In The Heart
    May 15, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Another beautiful post, Marion. I would love to go there one day! I am also just passing by to let you know that I nominated you for the 2016 Liebster Award! 🙂 I would be glad to know if you accept it. Best wishes and happy weekend! You’ll find my blog post here: http://www.grooveisintheheart.co.za/life/double-liebster-award-groove-heart/

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Wow Thank you Birgit!! This is amazing 🙂 With your nomination-I also now have two nominations!! Whoop Whoop! I am super excited and Yes I do accept 🙂 😀 Wow thank you for reading and I will start working on it asap 😀

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    nelius
    May 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Wow beautiful photos

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Thank you Nelius! I really appreciate the comment and read 🙂

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    Lilian
    May 14, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Lovely

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    Wallace
    May 13, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Interesting read.I love your blogs

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    Wallace
    May 13, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Interesting read.Thats a must visit.I love your blogs

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 13, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you Wallace for reading! I certainly hope to hear your take when you visit 🙂 Stay on as we discover Kenya, one destination at a time 😀

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    Georgie Moon
    May 13, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    This is a lovely blog post. You write very well, and the photos are amazing.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 13, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you very much Georgie Moon for reading and for taking the time to comment 🙂 🙂 I appreciate the positive feedback!

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    Vanny
    May 13, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Wow! Amazing read Marion got me feeling like I was there too 😀 definitely on my to-do-list and places to visit in the near future.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 13, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks a lot Vanny for reading 🙂 I would love to hear your experience when you visit:)

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    Wanjiku Thuo
    May 12, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    This is really awesome.
    Good write dear. I totally love this!!!

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    Nonny
    May 12, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    you make me want to pack my bags and go! seriously 😀 Good stuff!

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 13, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Oh wow! That’s encouraging! 😀 I hope you get to go on many many trips 😉

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    Ben
    May 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Really awesome and beautiful captures, I will now have to tembea Kenya.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 13, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Thank you Ben! Yes, by all means I hope each person that reads will be encouraged to #tembeaKenya and support our tourism industry 🙂

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    patricia
    May 12, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    its really beautiful i never thought about it just a few miles from Nairobi,
    Nesh family outing yess i agree

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 12, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Yes Pat, it is tucked in the bushes, such that one may miss it completely…somehow that is what makes it even more alluring 🙂 Would love to experience is as a #FamilyOuting 😀

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    Melissa Leger
    May 12, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Wow! You have such a beautiful site. I love the city but I love getting away from it. Will have to follow your Instagram feeds! <3

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 12, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you Melissa! Yes the city makes getting away all the more enticing 🙂 I appreciate the feedback, and will certainly follow you back as well 🙂

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    Lornah
    May 12, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    wow Wow, this is so detailed, you make me feel like heading there right now. good read, so refreshing!

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks Lorna for reading! Yes, yes by all means head on there, you will love it-I am sure of it 😀

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    Nancy A
    May 12, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Lake Elmentaita Serena Camp looks like an absolute dream 🙂 Kudos on capturing its essence!

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 12, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Whoa, thanks Nancy! It makes me nostalgic just thinking about it…it really was like a dream 🙂

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    Nesh
    May 12, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Reading this article makes me want to choose it as our next family outing. This is one gem that has not been talked about and thanks for bringing its goodness to us. Hope to visit it sooner

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      May 12, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      Yesssss!! Family outings, more and more of those please!! 🙂 Haha I am glad I got to experience it, and can share it even after so long 🙂 Thanks for reading 😀 🙂

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